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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elisabeth Robinson Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN:
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Olivia Hunt's Hollywood life has come to a grinding halt. A hotshot producer accustomed to first-class amenities, Olivia has just been unceremoniously fired after her last movie tanked. Her boyfriend, Michael, has dumped her. And she's not the blonde she used to be: dark roots are coming in at an alarming rate. Her next project is a well-crafted suicide note.

Then she finds out what real trouble is. Olivia's beloved sister, Maddie, is seriously ill. Maddie is living the life Olivia ran like hell from: she's happily married to her high school sweetheart and still living in the small town where they grew up. Stunned and bewildered, Olivia catches the next plane back home.

Maddie's idealism and optimism have always driven Olivia crazy. Even now, when the odds aren't good, Maddie never doubts she'll beat them. But Olivia wonders, is hope just a way of kidding yourself? As if to answer that question, Maddie challenges Olivia to produce her dream film, the impossible-to-make Don Quixote. Olivia's life then becomes a tangle of movie sets, IV drips, and letters to Michael asking him what went wrong and if they might try again. When Maddie takes a turn for the worse, Olivia has to face the hardest choices life can offer. How can one person's heart so truly be in three places at once?

Imbued with all the love one sister can feel for another, and all the frustration too, The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters is heartbreaking and hilarious, somber and delightful, and full of wisdom, joy, and grace. It is a brilliantly written debut about the unlimited possibilities of love and how hope can grow in even the darkest places.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina Marie Gangale | 1/27/2014

    " Any book with Springsteen songs and lyrics mentioned in a real way rocks! It was perfect timing after loosing Clarence this weekend! It was a great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Hoenig | 1/23/2014

    " Lively-minded main character Olivia Hunt works in the movie industry. Her correspondence makes up this novel, during a time when she's struggling to produce her first movie, realizing how much she misses her ex-boyfriend, and dealing with her younger sister's recent leukemia diagnosis. Lots of pretty amusing stuff about Hollywood and about families. Lots of heavy-duty stuff about cancer and fear, strength in the face of death, pain, and the bonds that hold us together. I liked the writing but I wasn't sure if I liked the main character or the story until about 1/2 way through. The ending was the strongest part. Especially interesting to read at the end how much of this was based on the author's own experiences. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marissa | 1/22/2014

    " Honestly, I didn't even finish this book. It's written in letters which I usually love, but the narrator annoyed me and it was overly filled with cliches and I just couldn't care. The date read is the date I gave up half way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise Smith | 1/4/2014

    " Letters between two sisters, one an up and coming movie producer the other dying of cancer. (language) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison Brown | 12/24/2013

    " It gave you faith and hope that the mircales could indeed happen, As well as teaching you that not every story no matter how fulfilling needs or will have then ending you imagine, but the end still has meaning, and that it is never too late to be a good sister =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 12/19/2013

    " Nice simple read. Older sister is a hollywood producer, younger sister is dying of leukemia-but the novel is not sad. All told in letters from the older sister to a variety of family, friends and hollywood contacts. cute "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Jennings | 12/18/2013

    " I enjoyed the story, but it seemed to drag on at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katrina | 12/12/2013

    " The story is okay, but very predictable. I thought it was poorly written, and the swearing was ridiculous -- the "F" swear is every fifth page or so. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherry Lynn | 12/4/2013

    " Terrible, boring "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 11/21/2013

    " I bought it at an airport and must admit I did cry on the final leg of my multi-city journey. It is enjoyable enough to read and parts are funny but in no way would I say a must. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 11/11/2013

    " written entirely in letters from the main character. thought the fact that you never get to read the replies would bother me, but it didn't. funny but also sad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Davney Faye | 11/9/2013

    " If it were possible to give a book 0 stars, thats what I would've given this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanna | 11/1/2013

    " This was a quick and entertaining read about 2 sisters written entirely in the form of letters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trio25 | 9/19/2013

    " couldn't get into this book. but finished it as I wanted to know what happened but didn't really enjoy it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerry DellaCava | 3/8/2013

    " Written in letter form. It was just kinda boring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheba | 2/24/2013

    " read on my trip to india before my wedding in '06 based on faiza's recommendation. definitely a crying book....definitely made me want to hug my family a bit tighter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 11/4/2012

    " Quick read. This centers on the relationship between two sisters as one is going through a serious illness. It is written as a collection of letters that one sister writes to various people in her life. Creative and almost a tear-jerker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunshine | 5/29/2012

    " I'm enjoying the book thus far...written in a "letters to people in my life" type narrative so it keeps me on my toes trying to pay attention to all the different relationships in the narrator's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 5/12/2012

    " A very quirky, witty book. It was all told in letters. It was funny and sad. I loved Olivia's letters, especially the ones to celebrities. I loved how the story of Maddy's illness was all told in Olivia's letters to her friends. It was quite a clever book and very enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 4/14/2012

    " I wanted to like this book. The idea was intriguing. And I like books told in this format. But I was annoyed by the main character/narrator. And her chosen profession... I felt very unsympathetic towards her. I didn't get a good sense of her sister as an adult, either. A disappointing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 3/31/2012

    " Loved this book. I think if you have ever been a caregiver for someone with a terminal illness you can identify with it. The part where she writes the sarcastic letters to the seemingly unfeeling doctors is priceless and reminiscent of personal circumstances. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanna Humpherys | 11/3/2011

    " This book was not all that great. It did have some tender moments & I did cry. It did touch me in some ways. But, overall it was just OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/30/2011

    " A story told through letters...loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neenu | 8/13/2011

    " Didn't expect to love it as much as I did...tender and heartbreaking....and what a creative way to tell the story.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 8/12/2011

    " i couldn't get in to this book! I read about half and then finally put it away . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 6/10/2011

    " Book club selection. Epistletory novel about Olivia, an independent film producer, who deals with her younger sister's leukemia diagnosis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiki | 6/1/2011

    " ehh, it was a good read. Predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colette | 5/16/2011

    " Well written, different. I could relate to a lot of the references. Really unique style of writing.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raffy | 4/29/2011

    " Unsuspectingly funny and moving. Would like to finish this one in one sitting. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 3/8/2011

    " I would have thought this book was going to be a simple easy going book because of the title, however, it dealt with disease and loss and trying to continue with life. I really liked the way the book was written through ongoing letters, and at the end I felt it was real... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 2/18/2011

    " It gave you faith and hope that the mircales could indeed happen, As well as teaching you that not every story no matter how fulfilling needs or will have then ending you imagine, but the end still has meaning, and that it is never too late to be a good sister =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/11/2011

    " I have read this book at least once a year since the first time I picked it up. And I cry every time! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 1/30/2011

    " I liked the way the book was written (letters), but it's just not a quality piece of literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/8/2010

    " The book is written in letter format. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/25/2010

    " I really liked this book. It is easy to read cause it is just letters that olivia writes to her family. Enjoyed the story and always nice to hear how others view the medical field. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 10/15/2010

    " i couldn't get in to this book! I read about half and then finally put it away . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lexie | 10/13/2010

    " Cute book, very clever in writing. Written from one sister's point of view over letters. "

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About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.